was my second trip to Tenerife and armed with my new (ish)
filf 68 and a borrowed board-bag, myself and
my girlfriend headed down to the Canaries. After a small
heart attack whilst watching the Spanish baggage handlers
literally throwing my Board onto the floor rail first, we
jumped into the hire car and headed off to the hotel.
first day in was at conquistador (its a mellow A-frame reef
with slightly shifty peaks depending on swell direction)
was about shoulder high on the sets. It was only me and
a couple of ex-pats on long boards out, they were firendly
enough. The waves weren't all that great especially considering
it was my first time on a short-board in months. I Surfed
about an hour and then went to do touristy things with my
The next day was a bit cross-shore but I got the right all
by myself (Derecha el cartel I think its called).
wasnt until about half way thru the week that I started
to realize why this place is referred to as the poor mans
looked like a different wave. Waves would roll through constantly
at shoulder high, but once every twenty minutes an evil
9 wave set would loom up from the atlantic. These waves
were 1-and-a-half-times overhead and they were wiping out
the whole pack. The locals were amazing surfers and seem
to have a sixth sense about when to start paddling for the
horizon. After getting caught inside for the third time
I just started doing what they did!
Wedgy wave at sunset
didnt get any hassle from the locals whilst out there,
i guess because I was on my own, but competition for sets
is fierce. This is mainly because of how big the gaps between
the sets are, you can wait 10-15mins for each 4-6wave set.
Surfing is certainley a very different experience in the
Tenerife to a new beach force 7 westerly in January!
Derecha (more crowded than it looks!)
The surf built and the swell direction improved as the week
continued. It brought the right on in a big way. Thats
when most of the piccys were taken.I did go in and
I jostled as best I could but didnt manage to steal
a single wave from the superb local guys. Eventually I gave
up and went back over to the inferior Conquistador (which
still kicked ass I might add). That is one of the big Joys
of Tenerife, five superb waves within a ten-minute walk.
Speaking of superb waves: If anyone is wondering why theres
no mention of Spanish Left, its because it needs the
most swell of all the waves and didnt really come
on whilst I was there. Always a good reason to go back though,